PM & EU leaders to resume talks on Juncker's Commission bid

David Cameron will today resume talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and his Swedish and Dutch counterparts. The Prime Minister will seek support to stop Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming president of the European Commission.

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David Cameron: The EU needs to change

David Cameron said the EU "needs to change" as he began a second day of talks with German, Dutch and Swedish leaders at a summit near Stockholm.

The Prime Minister said the four leaders had already had "some excellent discussions" and stated that the EU should be "more competitive, more open, more flexible [and] less interfering."

David Cameron set out his reform hopes for the European Union.

"The EU needs to change. That was the clear message from from European elections. I am confident we can reform the EU and make it successful," Cameron said.

The Prime Minister, along with his Dutch and Swedish counterparts, is seeking support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming president of the European Commission.

PM to continue talks with EU leaders on Juncker's bid

David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his Swedish and Dutch counterparts will continue talks today on Jean-Claude Juncker's bid to become the president of the European Commission.

The four leaders will continue their discussions today. Credit: ANDERS WIKLUND/TT News Agency

The Prime Minister is in Sweden with the other leaders as he seeks support for his European reform agenda and the UK's bid to block the candidacy of Mr Juncker.

Mr Cameron was yesterday pictured being taken for a traditional row on a lake by Swedish premier Fredrik Reinfeldt along with Ms Merkel and Dutch PM Mark Rutte before they discussed economic and institutional issues at dinner.

As he arrived for the pre-scheduled session, Mr Cameron said: "As the democratically-elected leaders of Europe, we should be the ones to choose who should run these institutions rather than accept some new process which was never agreed. I think that is important".

Labour also announced it would not back the candidacy of Mr Juncker, who is regarded in London as an arch-federalist and opponent of reform.


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